The Falcons haven’t been doing any celebrating since crushing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers six weeks ago.
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The Falcons led 21-0 going into the second half but then the team just inexplicably fell apart. Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas just fell off the map, Matt Ryan threw an INT that led to a TD, and even after preventing a tie by blocking the 2-point conversion after the Lions scored a TD with less than 4 minutes remaining, the Falcons couldn’t move the ball and got caught up in the prevent defense to give the Lions all the space they need – then, even though the Lions had failed to convert a single FG beyond 40 yards this season, Lions K Matt Praeter misses wide right from 43-yards, but the play gets revoked because of a Lions delay of game. From 48-yards Prater makes the field goal to win 22-21 in London.
How the mighty have fallen. Since clobbering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 on Thursday Night football back in Week 3 the Falcons have been unable to put any teams away. They’ve given up three 4th quarter leads or have otherwise been just plain blown out both at home, on the road or in other continents with the loss in London being the most recent loss.
Here are the five worst NFL teams heading into Week 9:
5. Atlanta Falcons – With 5 losses in a row and are now only 1 win ahead of the Buccaneers – the team they throttled what seems like an eternity ago.
4. Tennessee Titans – Head coach Ken Whisenhunt is having the same issues with the Titans that he had in his final years with Arizona: No stability at the QB position. Give this man a QB and he makes miracles, take one away and he has no answers.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – This team has a lot of fight in it and a QB they can build around. What it lacks is talent – especially on the offensive side of the ball. The team has been outscored by a league-leading 100 points through just the first 8 games.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – If head coach Lovie Smith wasn’t in his first year with the team, he’d no chance of being brought back next year. But the ownership has too much loyalty and respect for Smith’s past with the team and as a head coach to cut him loose so quickly.
1. Oakland Raiders – The game against Cleveland may have been Oakland’s last chance for a win in the next month or so. 0-7 says it all: This team is less than half a season away from hitting rock bottom.